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Anne Frank

  • I hid myself within myself ... and quietly wrote down all my joys, sorrows and contempt in my diary.

  • I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come [out] right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.

  • What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.

  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

  • It's an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I — nor for that matter anyone else — will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.

  • I want something from Daddy that he is not able to give me. ... It is only that I long for Daddy's real love: not only as his child, but for me — Anne, myself.

  • You only really get to know people when you've had a jolly good row with them.

  • If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly in hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.

  • A person can be lonely even if he is loved by many people, because he is still not the 'One and Only' to anyone.

  • I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.

  • Who would ever think that so much can go on in the soul of a young girl?

  • Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!

  • ... whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!

  • I want to go on living even after my death!

  • I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone, are guilty of the war. Oh no, the little man is just as guilty, otherwise the peoples of the world would have risen in revolt long ago!

  • ... it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: 'What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.'

  • Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

  • ... in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

  • How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world!

    • Anne Frank,
    • 1944, in Ralph Manheim and Michel Mok, trans., Anne Frank's Tales From the Secret Annex ()
  • I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank, German-Jewish diarist

(1929 - 1945)

Full name: Annelies Marie Frank.